Monthly Archives: May 2019

Wärtsilä becomes first Ballast Water Management System supplier to be granted dual technology USCG Type Approval

The technology group Wärtsilä’s Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has been granted US Coastguard (USCG) Type Approval. With the company’s other BWMS technology, the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC, already Type Approved by USCG, Wärtsilä becomes the first manufacturer able to offer two USCG Type Approved BWMS technologies.

“Wärtsilä’s dual technology offering provides the broadest range of BWMS solutions for fleet wide regulatory compliance. This means that owners can be sure of having the most appropriate system for their particular needs from the same premium support supplier,” says Craig Patrick, General Manager, Sales, Water and Waste, Wärtsilä Marine.

The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV (Ultra-Violet) technology utilises proven filtration and UV irradiation, while maintaining a high degree of safety and operability. It retains its effectiveness regardless of the water quality.

The Wärtsilä Aquarius EC (Electro-Chlorination) system features a simple two-stage process involving filtration and electro-chlorination across the full scope of a ship’s operating and environmental conditions.

In addition to the USCG approvals, both technologies have also been awarded Type Approval by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Wärtsilä supports its products, systems, and solutions with the marine industry’s most extensive global service network.


ABB powers tourists to the Niagara Falls with first US built all-electric vessels

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Niagara Falls tour operator Maid of the Mist orders two new passenger vessels sailing on pure electric power, enabled by ABB’s technology

Visitors to the iconic Niagara Falls will soon be able to experience one of the USA’s top landmarks emission-free. Two new Maid of the Mist passenger vessels will be powered entirely by high-capacity battery packs, becoming the first all-electric vessels ever built in the US.

The new vessels will benefit from ABB’s zero-emission technology when they start operating later this year, allowing guests to experience Niagara Falls undisturbed by engine noise, vibration or exhaust fumes from a conventional diesel engine.

Maid of the Mist, one of North America’s oldest tourist attractions, operates from April through to the first week of November, with boats departing for the base of Niagara Falls every 30 minutes, with an estimated 1.6 million guests on board annually.

“We are thrilled to be the USA’s first vessel owner to add all-electric ferries to our fleet,” said Christopher M. Glynn, president of Maid of the Mist Corp. “We have chosen ABB to support us in our journey towards more sustainable operation based on their unparalleled experience in marine system integration, as well as efficient and innovative technologies for sustainable transportation.”

“Maid of the Mist’s decisive move towards e-mobility signals a new era in the future of transportation and complements ABB’s commitment to power the world without consuming the earth,” said Peter Terwiesch, President of the Industrial Automation business at ABB, which offers solutions for a wide range of industries, including marine. “Reducing emissions at Niagara Falls is not only important for the natural landmark, but also proves that the technologies enabling sustainable mobility are already available today.”

Each of the vessels will be powered by a pair of battery packs with a total capacity of 316 kWh, split evenly between two catamaran hulls. Having two fully independent power systems on board will increase the resilience of operations by creating a redundancy.

The vessels will charge between every trip while passengers disembark and board. Shoreside charging will only take seven minutes, allowing the batteries to power the electric propulsion motors capable of a total 400 kW (563 HP) output. The power setup will be controlled by ABB’s integrated Power and Energy Management System (PEMS), which will optimize the energy use on board.

The batteries will be charged using hydropower – the largest single renewable energy source for electricity generation in the US, which accounts for 7% of the country’s total utility-scale electricity generation. The use of locally produced renewable power will make the energy cycle for the operation of the new Maid of the Mist vessels entirely emission-free.

Sustainable transportation has a crucial role in the fight against climate change, with shipping accounting for 2 to 3 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. The International Maritime Organization, a United Nations agency responsible for regulating shipping, has set a global target to cut annual emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 from 2008 levels.

In addition to integrating the ship-to-shore battery charging connection, ABB will supply the Maid of the Mist newbuilding project with switchboards, drives and the integrated control system, as well as the ABB Ability™ Marine Remote Diagnostic System for remote equipment monitoring and predictive maintenance. ABB Ability™ is ABB’s leading offering of digital solutions and services.

Source: hellenicshippingnews


Turkmenistan modernizes “Balkan” dry cargo ship

The Turkmen private logistics company “Beyik Yupek yoly” has invested in the technical modernization of the Balkan dry cargo ship, Trend reports with reference to the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan (UIET) May 7.

The overhaul was carried out at the Balkan shipyard near the Caspian Sea together with the specialists of the state enterprise “Balkan gami gurlusyk” and foreign partners, the report said.

The dry cargo ship is now equipped with the radio navigation equipment of the latest generation and the company “Beyik Yupek yoly” will use it for three years. The main purpose of the vessel is transportation of construction materials, bulk, packaged and general cargo, including containers, heavy factory and other equipment.

The Balkan shipyard in Turkmenbashi city near the Caspian Sea is a basis for development of domestic shipbuilding. Dry cargo ships and oil tankers are repaired at the plant.

It is planned to build ships of various classes and types in the future. Among them, there are the RO-RO ferries for transportation of vehicles (cars, trucks, trailers and wagons).

The Balkan shipyard started to operate in May at the Turkmenbashi International Seaport.

The shipyard was designed according to the requirements of IACS (International Association of Classification Societies).

The shipyard holds a total area of 166,000 square meters. Its construction project was implemented by the Turkish company Gap Insaat.

With the commissioning of an additional international sea port in Turkmenbashi in May 2018, optimal opportunities emerged for sending goods that enter the port along the Silk Road route from the countries of Asia and the Pacific, and further to European countries through the ports of Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran.

The annual throughput capacity of the port is 17-18 million tons. Together with the previously operating port, this figure reaches 25-26 million tons.

Source: hellenicshippingnews


Naval Dome: Tankers’ Attack in Fujairah Could Develop to Include Cyber-Attacks on Vessels Operating in The Region

Naval Dome CEO Itai Sela, a former senior officer in the military, comments on the recent attacks on tankers operating near the bunkering port of Fujairah.

“It is deeply worrying that four tankers have been attacked outside the strategically important Strait of Hormuz. Our indications are that these incidents could develop to include cyber-attacks on vessels operating in the region.

“It is highly likely that vessels operating in high-risk areas could be targeted, systems hacked and GPS spoofed in order to render vessels immobile or re-directed as part of wider actions. There has been increased activity in the cyber domain over the last few months, which is very worrying.

“While we hope these incidents will not escalate, shipowners with operations in the area must be vigilant and carry out inspections of all their PC-based navigation and machinery control systems. Ship operators should not allow crew members or technicians to plug-in USBs or external devices onboard or download maps and charts for specific areas, unless they absolutely need to do so. We also advised that operators check their insurance policies to ensure that OT systems are covered in the event of any cyber damage.”

Naval Dome is an Israel-based cyber security specialist providing security detection and protection solutions to the international maritime industry. The multi-award-winning Naval Dome solution is the first maritime multi layer cyber defence solution for mission critical onboard systems.

Source: hellenicshippingnews